Escape the Morning Ideas for Reports and Papers
by Poul Anderson

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. "Escape the Morning" posits that there will be ice water on the moon that could be mined to supply lunar colonies. In 1997, ice water was actually found on the moon. How was it found? Who found it? Why is it important that there be ice water on the moon?

2. In "Escape the Morning," petroleum has been discovered on the moon and is used to make rocket fuel. Anderson's explanation for the existence of petroleum on the moon is based on a longstanding theory about how petroleum could have been formed out of the dust cloud that coalesced into the planets and their satellites. What is this theory? Where does it suggest petroleum could be found in the solar system?

3. Anderson tells us that "even the best glass is fragile and a poor radiation shield." What materials instead of glass could be used to make windows and still be safe for use on the moon? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these materials?

4. The matter of exploiting the moon's resources is an important one. In "Escape the Morning," brave pioneers mine for minerals that will help people survive on the moon, will help them travel beyond the moon, and will feed Earth's industries. Does everyone think that this is a good idea? What different ideas about how the moon should be settled and its resources utilized do scientists and politicians have?

5. What are present-day international laws governing the colonization of the moon? Who do the laws say should benefit from the moon's resources? Who is supposed to enforce the laws?

6. "Escape the Morning" is a story about one of Mark's adventures. Write a story about one of Tom's adventures or one of Judy's adventures. How would their adventures be different from Mark's and each other? What limitations would they have to overcome?

7. Is there a kind of adventure that all three young people could share? Write the story of this adventure.

8. What technology is likely to be used to exploit the moon's resources? Would mining be a significant activity for the first people to live on the moon?